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I remember…

  Have you ever felt that God has been watching you? I know you all are thinking doesn’t God watch everyone? And I believe the answer to that is “yes.” However I truly feel like God has been watching me since I was a child… I remember when I was in sixth grade it was the “big […]

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A family that walks the walk…

finish line with miss kim

Our family firmly believes in giving back… I can get out my soap box and give you several reasons to support causes that come near and dear to your heart as I am sure there is “something” that has touched your life by now, or believe me there will be… But I have always believed […]

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Miss Congeniality or as we call her Hadley!

hadley does broadway

Hadley “does” Broadway, seen here with casts from Sister Act, The Adams Family, and Godspell Miss Congeniality is a title when heard most people think of Sandra Bullock from the movie, or I often think of my oldest daughter Sarah who has won that title a number of times, but today and most day’s I […]

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Fine Motor Holiday gifts

gifts for children with special needs

As a mom of a special needs daughter I have been through many holiday and birthdays where friends and family ask, “What do we get Hadley?” It is a bit harder and takes some thought behind finding toys that are appropriate for special needs children since there is such a wide range of disabilities. However […]

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Welcome to Holland

sarah and hadley

I have often used this short story when speaking about the importance of play for all children, so for those of you who I have not had the honor of sharing this with, although the words are not my own, the sentiments sure are; “Welcome to Holland”. I am often asked to describe the experience of raising […]

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There is a time to be proud

sarah and hadley collage

  My girls… One who is special with a heart of gold… One with special needs who will make your heart melt… One who goes into things with an open heart… One who tries with all of her heart… One who trained to run her first 5K… One who works hard just to walk everyday… […]

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The first time

hadley first wheelchair 1997

There are certain moments in a mother’s life that you will always remember, their first word, their first step, the first time they actually made it to the potty, their first date, their first kiss, their first “A”, the first team they “made” their first best friend, their first college acceptance letter… and in my […]

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